Ron Francis: Hurricanes' Quest for the Cup

Ron Francis, whose jersey was retired by the Hurricanes earlier this year after a 23-year hockey career, will blog exclusively for about the 'Canes bid for the Stanley Cup.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Your Thoughts?

I hate to say this but I haven't seen a lick of the game tonight. I had a dinner function to attend and as a result I am just getting home. But, through the wonders of TIVO, I am about to sit down and watch the game. I do know the Canes won, and I do appologize for not being able to post my thoughts on the game yet, but I will do that in the morning. In the mean time don't hesitate to voice your observations. Be back to you soon!


  • At 5/10/2006 10:25 PM, Blogger Mikeyusmc said…

    Hope you had a good dinner Ron and I know you will enjoy watching the game. A little sloppy play on both ends but still an overall solid game for the Canes. Aaron Ward showed once again how much heart he has coming back from that jarring hit from Rasmussen. I was also pleased to see Ray Whitney still being able to make his cameos during pregame interviews. Get your brooms ready for Saturday's game. I will be at the Ale House cheering loudly. Maybe we can get the guys to hear us all the way up in Jersey. Go Canes!!!

  • At 5/10/2006 10:27 PM, Blogger iBm said…

    Let’s hear it for the Canes and “jeers to OLN for some off their off beat comments regarding the game and some poor calls on the ref’s.

    As a team the Canes are doing great – an unfortunate deflection of Ray’s skate set up a momentary delay in the aggressive style and the Devil’s believed it was going to go their way; however the Canes came right back.

    Aaron Ward (what a trooper) with “no call” on unnecessary roughing on the Devil’s part, he got back in the game quickly. You have to admit not only are the Canes super people – but they have drive. They are going to make a lot of people take a second look. “Good for you Canes!”

  • At 5/10/2006 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another thriller, makes the 3am wake up over here to watch it so worth it. The Canes started slow in the 1st, but they regrouped really fast to take the lead.

    The 2nd period was frustrating to watch. I'm not sure what happened, but the Canes had almost no offense at all. Fortunately the defense and more importantly Cam kept us in the game.

    The captain did it again, leading the team to another victory. And Arron Ward, is he the new "eye of the storm" for the Canes this playoff run? First he takes a puck to the head, and tonight he got leveled. Both times he comes back out plays his heart out.

    One more to go, a sweep sure would be nice. Man, I wish I could be in Raleigh to see us go for the cup again.

    SFC Ken

  • At 5/10/2006 10:46 PM, Blogger canesguy said…

    Overall a very solid game for the Canes. The first half of the 2nd period was scary - would we ever get a shot on goal? Once again the power play came through at the end of the period. The 3rd period was nerve racking to put it mildly, but the guys played great aggressive defense.
    For the record (I have witnesses) on Monday night, after the Devil's score with 20 seconds to go, I said to the people in front of me "Don't leave now - we're going to won in overtime."
    My broom will be ready for Saturday afternoon - GO CANES!

  • At 5/10/2006 10:48 PM, Blogger HurricanesAngel said…

    It keeps getting better and better for the Canes! Aaron Ward deserves props for the game tonight. He took a licking but kept on ticking. This team is AWESOME and I'm proud to be a Hurricane Fan!

  • At 5/10/2006 10:49 PM, Blogger 26rocks said…

    Went back and read the "predictions" for the two Eastern Conf series on the major sports web site. NJ and Ottawa.. what else?

    The Stanley Cup Finals will be between Carolina and Buffalo. The games with the Western Conf winner will be an after-thought. Carolina and Buffalo are the two best teams in the new NHL, and are where they are because of it.

  • At 5/10/2006 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Ron! Hope your dinner was great. The game was another great one from the guys from the South!

    The beginning of the game was sloppy, but they quickly gained their composure. Yet, I did think the 2nd period was alittle sloppy, too. But, they made up for the 2nd goal by New Jersey with a game winner power-play goal. New Jersey were tougher by their hits and their aggression, but Carolina was skated a whole lot better!

    Overall, I think and feel that since Carolina is winning faceoffs and skating alot better, this is contributing greatly to their 3 to 0 lead. I will be cheering strongly for the team in game 4. This time around, I REALLY think the Canes could bring home the Cup!

  • At 5/10/2006 11:24 PM, Blogger nchurricane1 said…

    Another great game to watch Ron!! I did get tired of listening to those monotoned announcers on OLN so turned the volume down on the TV and turned on 102.9 to hear Chuck & John call the game. Despite the 4 second difference in picture and description, it was 101% better!!

  • At 5/11/2006 1:55 AM, Blogger d-lee said…

    The Canes had some lapses, but overall it was great. In the first, the Devils came out looking sharp, but by the end of the game, they were worn down. I thought one of the biggest plays of the game was by Nic Wallin. With about 3:30 to go, the Devils were coming in on an odd-man rush. Nicky threw himself down on the ice, perfectly denying Jamie Langenbrunner passing and shooting lanes. Even though the Devils had numbers on that rush, "the secret weapon" singlehandedly wiped out any and all options. And on top of that, he forced a turnover. It was a really subtle, but great play. Unfortunately, those things tend to go unnoticed.

    In fact, all of the blueliners deserve massive amounts of credit for a job very well done.

  • At 5/11/2006 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    At some point OLN will have to actually compliment the Canes and quit saying "NJ just hasn't done a good job."


  • At 5/11/2006 7:56 AM, Blogger Rick said…

    Well, Ron, as you well know by now, the Canes showed the true heart and soul of a Stanley Cup Champion again tonight! Agreed the play was less than stellar in the first 2 periods, particularly the 2nd period where I think the Canes looked a little tired and bit confused even; however, with the deep desire for victory that we have seen all season, they came back aggressively and showed even the totally biased reporters and announcers that this is a championship caliber team! One observation: I have noticed that the Canes seemed to get out of sync, off their game plan, when the other team becomes very aggressive in their hits and checks. This happened in the 2nd period, indeed it seemed the Devils were "head-hunting", going all over the ice looking for a body to pound! I said to myself, I bet Peter has a word with the team between 2nd and 3rd periods about going to the body more, finishing checks and giving back some that aggressive style! Sho'nuff, the Canes came out roaring in the 3rd! I agree with another blogger that the Cup will be in the hands or skates of Carolina or Buffalo! Exciting stuff! May God continue to bless and protect our precious Canes!

  • At 5/11/2006 8:12 AM, Anonymous Russ H. said…

    A win is a win!
    Excellent game. Its all about special teams. Power Play has been clicking, and the PK has been outstanding. Devils came out as expected trying to carry the play and did so for the 1st five minutes and the last couple of the 1st period. Too passive in the 2nd cost the Canes a lead. We played in our end way too much during the 2nd. The PP goal with a minute left in the 2nd killed what momentum the Devils had built up and silenced the crowd.
    Can't give the Devils any signs of life. Have to end this Saturday.
    GO CANES!!!

  • At 5/11/2006 8:14 AM, Blogger rmmeli said…

    Not a great game of hockey but a true playoff game. The Canes won which is what matters. The work ethic and desire of the Canes team has stymied the Devils. Brodeur for some reason is off his game. Even in adversity when the ice seemed tilted towards the Canes goal particularly in the second period, the Canes still managed to play controlled hockey to move the puck out of their defensive zone. Will we see a Game 5? I was hoping so as it is my son's birthday and to be at the RBC Center and cap off the day with a victory would have been great...but he will not be too upset if they win on Saturday!

  • At 5/11/2006 8:28 AM, Blogger rmmeli said…

    As for the OLN is just like watching ESPN in 2002. The only sensible one amongst them is Bill Clement. Look on the bright side - at least we do not have to listen to Barry Melrose :)

  • At 5/11/2006 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great game. I don't even get upset when we go down a goal, or two, anymore. First Canes game I have watched on OLN and those guys are terrible. I'm glad to see NJ and OLN are so excited about Colin White coming back. Keep trying to deliver the big hit while the Canes skate by. Also, just how much success has Brodeur had against us? We won the 02 series and have beaten him many times since then. The Wards were awesome and every player played their shift like it was their last. Watch out for LaRose Saturday. The little guy is finally going to get one by the mighty Brodeur.

  • At 5/11/2006 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Regarding LaRose-he is way overdue in this series. He has worked hard and had the opportunity to send one in the net, and he will send one in Saturday-and it will be a critical goal. The 'Canes are winning most of the battles in this series, the PP is clicking, and NJ has no clue as to what to do. This one ends Saturday as the 'Canes have traditionally closed a series when they are in a series deciding game.

    Ron is correct, the play of the Special Teams has been the key to the series. When a team has a 50% conversion rate on the PP during a series, it is hard to lose.

    Go 'Canes!

  • At 5/11/2006 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey rmmeli - Barry Melrose was the only announcer to predict the Canes would beat NJ from the very beginning. I think he's taking notice and he does add a little humor as opposed to those OLN announcers who are baffled on what to say except past history of the Devils' successes. BORRRRRRING!

    Hopefully all you Caniacs are preparing to greet our boys at the airport to welcome them back whether we sweep or not, eithe way they have given NJ a run for their money and you gotta love that!

    Buffalo will be a match-up for us. They have young players, they're fast and have adjusted to the new NHL - just like the Canes. Bring it on!

  • At 5/11/2006 12:20 PM, Blogger Stormbringer said…

    A little late to the posting...thanks to you, of all people, I'm glad to know I am not the only one who got a bit delayed with their comments regarding last night's game. Except, in my case, it wasn't because I did not see the game, but instead I had the rotten fortune of my Internet being down from around 6:00 yesterday evening to sometime before 9:00 or 10:00 this morning. Very needless to say, that was a lot of fun...especially after the Canes winning AND boosting the series to an AWESOME 3-0, making me *really* want to write about it at the time. (sighs)

    Anyhoo, I'll save my game (which was a good one, not great, but good) comments for your "Special Teams" post. I too hope you had a wonderful dinner and time. Again, it's just nice to know I was not the only one delayed...


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